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40 years ago: Residents, administrators discuss school closings

April 26, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 26, 1973:

An organized opposition of parents and interested community members faced off against the Lawrence Board of Education and administrators at a recent discussion on the possible closing of Grant School. The meeting was the second of two this week on the topic of declining enrollment at Grant and Riverside schools. Administrators had made the point that closing the schools would save the district money as well as eliminating duplication of services, with Riverside students being bused to Pinckney and those at Grant to Woodlawn School. A committee of five concerned residents, led by Roger Pine, had employed attorney Ed Collister to present their views to the board. Collister had questioned whether it was within the board's rights to close a school, citing a 1972 law on school closings. He added that Grant was "a beautiful physical plant" built in 1961 and that the community was still paying off the bonds which had originally built the school before it was included in the Lawrence district. Additionally, Collister said, Grant was located in a rural community and was the heart of activities for children and adults.

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